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Eleonora is Professor of Applied Economics. She joined the Department of Economics in March 2017 as Senior Lecturer. She was Acting Head of the Economics Department in 2022-2023, Deputy Head of Department between 2019-2022 and became Reader in 2019. Since January 2022 she is co-Editor of Health Economics, including its Letters section. Previously, she was working at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics, University of Manchester where she held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health (2013-2016).

Eleonora attained her PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham, her M.Sc. in Economics at University College London and her B.A. at Bocconi University (Milan).

She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Eleonora's research interests are in the economics of health and applied micro-econometrics. As such, she leads the research theme on "Social Determinants of Health". Her research investigates the socio-economic determinants of health in high and low and middle income countries. Her focus is on how individuals and organisations interact with each other and on the social determinants of health. Her recent work investigates the effect of pollution on health, information and taxes on consumer behaviour (including their dietary choices), health and housing, the relationship between medical treatment and individual behaviour, the effect of early life shocks on later life health and the relation between physical and mental health. She is also working on issues related to gender in academic career progression.

Eleonora has obtained grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC jointly with DFiD and ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research, the Royal Economic Society, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, the University of Manchester Research Institute and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. Some of her grant-funded work has examined the health impact of health financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and the effect of maternity leave policies on the academic job market. She is currently working on the economic analysis of the effects of urban development on health within the TRUUD MRC consortium.

She has presented at several national and international conferences in economics, health economics and econometrics, and development economics.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Eleonora is interested in supervising new PhD students researching these topics:

- Education and health
- Health outcomes and behaviours over the lifecycle
- Policy evaluation of government interventions on health
- Economic resources and health

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 7 Jul 2010

Economics, Master of Economics, University College London

Award Date: 7 Jul 2006

Economics, Bachelor of Economics, Bocconi University

Award Date: 12 Dec 2003

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

1 Mar 2017 → …


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